Course Title: Provide relapse prevention strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5625C

Course Title: Provide relapse prevention strategies

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
9925 3925

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to develop and deliver a range of relapse and prevention strategies for people with alcohol and other drug issues.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD513A Provide relapse prevention strategies


1.Determine relapse prevention strategies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Prepare client for the possibility of relapse as a common experience

1.2 Determine any previous relapse prevention strategies used by the client

1.3 Work with client to determine readiness for development of a relapse prevention plan

1.4 Work with client to determine stakeholders to be included in the relapse prevention process

1.5 Investigate a range of relapse prevention strategies

1.6 Work with client to determine possible relapse issues

1.7 Work with client to determine strategies most suited to their unique situation



2.Develop relapse management plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain the purpose of the planning process and discuss the different options with client

2.2 Work with client to select most appropriate planning option

2.3 Conduct relapse management planning session in a manner that promotes client participation, fosters their strengths and respects their insights into their own situation, their knowledge and experiences

2.4 Work with client to identify contingency plans if difficulties are encountered

2.5 Clearly record relapse management planning activities


3.Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Document information about relapse prevention strategies according to organisation protocols

3.2 Observe privacy and confidentiality requirements when reporting feedback

3.3 Use appropriate terminology to document client response, outcomes and identified problems related to prevention strategies

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you will achieve the learning outcomes as identified by the above mentioned elements.

You will learn to determine, develop and document relapse strategies.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is made up of a mixture of:
•workshops - facilitated by leading industry experts,
•small-group peer review exercises
•simulated role plays

This range of learning and assessment methods is a deliberate attempt to harness and utilise your diverse skill base and current capacity to work in the sector. Guest facilitators and speakers will be brought in from a wide range of disciplines and service areas to enhance your learning. Areas to be covered will include: clinical and non-clinical assessment and management, culturally sensitive practice, counselling and support, forensic services and pharmacotherapy. There will also be opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise via small group work and larger group presentations. Trainers and facilitators will be required to draw on the wide-ranging skills and expertise of the leaner group – thus ensuring material is relevant and meaningful.

Teaching Schedule

You will be provided with a complete workshop outline at our first class however you can expect to have workshops during the Diploma program which cover the following:


Indicative Workshop contect
Workshop 1 - 7Exploration of prevention strategies and management plans
Workshop 7 - 9Reporting requirements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as course reading and course references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on your skills to implement relapse prevention strategies within an integrated and multi-staged case study.This course will be assessed via a number of class based and work-integrated tasks. To be deemed competent in this course you will be required to demonstrate your skills knowledge and attitude through a five staged case study.  Each stage will require you to complete a number of activities and present work to be reviewed by your peers and teachers/assessors. In addition to the written work submitted you will be required to present aspects of your work to the class and undertake simulated in-class role plays to demonstrate your competency working with clients presenting with multiple and complex needs.

Assessment Tasks

All assessments within this course are designed to complement learner’s work within the community services sector.
There are four major assessment tasks which meet the critical aspects of the nineteen (19) units of competency which make up the Diploma of Community Services. All assessments within this course are designed to complement learner’s work within the community services sector.
1: Case study

Throughout the duration of the Diploma, you will be working with a case study client who presents with a variety of complex care needs. At each phase, you are required to engage in an intensive peer review and reflective practice session based on your case management with the client. This is documented and provides an opportunity to give and receive feedback on identified opportunities for improved practice.
To be marked as competent in this course you must:
•Demonstrate high-level judgement and autonomy required to effectively work with people with complex and/or multiple issues
•Select and apply assessment tools appropriately
•Identify and manage risk (including self-harm and suicide)
•Provide opportunities for meaningful consumer and carer engagement
•Make whole life assessments
•Work within a recovery focused framework
•Apply relevant monitoring and review technique

2.ResearchProject: You will undertake a research activity to provide evidence to support your choice of underpinning principle of practice. You will be required to explore how it is applied when working with clients who experience both AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) and Mental Health issues. You will be required to identify opportunities for the implementation or change within the current professional practice and apply these principles to your work with your case study.
3. Health promotion:
You will be required to design a health promotion campaign reflecting an evidenced-based-need relating to complex care/dual diagnosis in your community of interest.
4. Final Case Study presentation:
During the final weeks of the course you will be required to give a final case-plan presentation to your learner group and a panel of industry experts. Your ability to reflect and change your practice to suit the needs of the client will be examined and assessed.


Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Cover sheet for Submissions
You must include a completed submission coversheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
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It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important, enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Special consideration policy (late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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